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Designer Inspiration

Our designers were given free reign, to create whatever they wanted, using whichever flowers and goodies they liked. They let their creative juices flow, and have come up with some stunning creations to share with you today.

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Firstly, Heather, with a bold, and beautiful layout, about a cute little friend

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Heather shares a little about her layout, ‘I had a lot of fun with flowers and Dylusions sprays in this one. The two flowers on the left are their original colour while I sprayed the flower on the right turquoise to co-ordinate it with the sprays of ink. Spraying flowers to co-ordinate with your layouts opens up so many more options when designing a page. Dylusions tend to completely change the colour of the flower whereas other sprays will sometimes let some of the original colour show through which can produce beautiful results.’

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Layout by Heather McMahon

MHC Products used: Mayglo – yellow, Imagine – cocoa, Hayley – white (sprayed with Dylusions)

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Next, Karola has created this oh so pretty decorated egg. Wouldnt this make a wonderful Easter gift for someone special. A little late for this year, but, you have plently of time to get creating, and stock up for next year.

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Altered egg by Karola Witzcak

MHC Products used: Celeste – pink, Hayley – yellow, Dahlia mini – blue.

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The beautiful blue and gold colour scheme of Gwen’s ‘Fiji time’ layout, is the perfect colour choice for her beachy, holiday photos.

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Layout by Gwen Wruck

MHC Products used: Ashlee – white (Glimmer glam added), Springtime – blue, Powder puff (brad added), Wishes – serenity.

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Heather has created this very clever and striking layout, telling what happens in a typical day in her life

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‘I wanted to do a layout about my typical day. I needed to incorporate a large number of photos so I started playing around with chipboard frames and assembled them in a grid pattern. Continuing with the chipboard theme I took some chipboard flourishes, decorated them with paint and liquid pearls then tucked them around my flower clusters. I thought the Manor House flowers worked perfectly to help frame the whole layout and to soften the grid pattern’.

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Layout by Heather McMahon

MHC Products used: Darling – pink, Imagine – blueberry, Country lane – quaint.

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Gift ideas to inspire

 Well, Christmas is over for yet another year, but, if you are like me, it just seems to come around again way too fast. I have grand plans of making hand made cards and gifts for all my family members,but, time always runs out, and I never end up doing half of what I planned to do. So, my plan is to start now, surely if I start in January, I can get them finished by December right?. So, here are just a few more wonderful ideas from our design team girls, both for Christmas, and other occasions, in the hopes that I can get myself, and you guys motivated to start creating some beautiful handmade cards,and gifts, all ready for next year.

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Karola truly is a genius when it comes to making stunning tags. And, its not too late to create some of these adorable tags, designed the welcome in the new year.




Tag by Karola Witzcak

MHC Products used: Christmas star.




Tag by Karola Witzcak

MHC Products used: Capri – blue



Card by Karloa Witzcak

MHC Products used: Capri – blue



Card by Karloa Witzcak

MHC Products used: Capri – blue, Glitter roses – white.

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Next, are 2 lovely gift ideas from Nancy. First, a lovely picture frame, perfect for a special little girl

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Baby frame by Nancy Winter

MHC Products used: Mayglo – pink, Iris – green, Springtime – lavender

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And then this oh so pretty baby card, also from Nancy

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Card by Nancy Winter

MHC Products used: Mayglo – pink, Iris – green

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And, lastly, we have a truly beautiful Christmas wreath to share with you, created by the amazingly talented Elena Olinevich. This wreath is a masterpiece,


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Elena shares some of her tips for making this wonderful wreath, ‘ I covered the wreath by wrapping some linen around a chipboard shape, I made some canvas bows, and gessoed randomly over them. I also misted the wreath with some starbust mist, which has added a pretty shimmer to it. I finished off by adding some festive, silver balls.’

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Christmas wreath by Elena Olinevich

MHC Products used: Christmas star – Snow, Ashlee- Blue, Ashlee – White, Solitude

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Gift giving the Manor House Creations way

Hi, here we are again, with a few last minute Christmas gift, and decoration ideas. Even if you dont have any more time left this year to create these, they are wonderful ideas, and well worth planning to do next year.

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Firstly, Karola has made this wonderful Christmas wreath.


Karola shares her ideas for creating this wreath:  I was tired of using traditional Christmas colours on my Christmas wreath’s, so, I decided to go with this unusual, but, I think, very effective colour combination.  I chose  Capri – Orchid and Lullaby- White flowers as well as kilometers of beige ribbon and a few die-cut elements which I cut out using my die-cutting machine and snowflake/ winter branch dies. I stuck everything using my hot glue gun and 3d foam tape on my small styrofoam wreath. To create a lighter,  and more decorative look I also used big paper doily to create a kind of background for my wreath.



Christmas wreath by Karola Witzcak

MHC Producrs used: Capri – Orchid, Lullaby- White, Glitter mini roses – Caramel

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And, yet, another stunning Christmas wreath from Erin, who has chosen a more traditional, but no less gorgeous colour combination.




Christmas wreath by Erin Blegen

MHC Products used: Glitter mini roses- red, Glitter mini roses- white, Capri- gold, Meadows- white, Springtime- white

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Nancy has this wonderful gift idea to share. She has created an adorable ‘Santa baby’ mini album. Nancy says: I have used a rectangular, wooden album, with the song lyrics of “Santa Baby” throughout the album.  It ends with 10 extravagant wishes of my very own

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Wouldnt this album make a cherished gift, for a Grandparent, or Aunt or Uncle, full of precious baby photos. Or, you could even leave the album blank, ready for the lucky recipient to add their own photos to it.





‘Santa baby’ album by Nancy Winter

MHC Products used: Glitter mini roses – red,  Capri – gold.

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Karola, once again, blows us away with her amazing talent. This time with this wonderful ‘Christmas house’.



Heres what Karola has to say about creating her Christmas house ‘When I saw this small, wooden house, which was originally a key hanger,  I decided to create a cute, Christmas house. I covered the house shape using patterned papers then went searching for just the right flowers to decorate it. It was an easy decision to make, the Glitter mini roses, in red, white and caramel were perfect. I also used a large white Lotus flower to create a focal point on the roof. The center of the flower I covered by small circle die-cut to give it contrast, then added a chipboard snowflake to the bottom to finish.’



Christmas house by Karola Witzcak

MHC Products used: Glitter mini roses – red, white, caramel, Lotus – white.

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Lastly, Karola shares with us a few more of her divine Christmas tags she is so renowned for. These ones are amazing, just look




Tags by Karola Witzcak

MHC Products used: Glitter mini roses – white, red, caramel, Capri – white/silver, Fantasy – moonlight, Silver bells.

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 Well, thats all we have for you today, we hope we have inspired you to have a go at creating some wonderful, handmade gifts for your loved ones.

Sweet and summery with The Scrapcake

Our design team has been busy creating some wonderful layouts to share with you today. Each one of them, featuring THE SCRAPCAKE paper collections, which team perfectly with Manor House Creations flowers, as you can see.

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The Summer city collection, which Erin has used below, isn’t only suited to summery, beachy layouts.

‘Family’ Layout by Erin Blegen

MHC Products used: Gelato – sherbet, Ashlee – blue, Mayglo – yellow, Meadows – white, Fantasy – moonlight, Springtime – blue and white.

The Scrapcake papers: Summer city.

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Tiffany has used the ‘oh so cute’ Sweet childhood colection to scrap this adorable photo of her daughter

‘Unforgettable beauty’ by Tiffany Morgan

MHC products used: Tropics –  dusk, Springtime, Meadows – Celeste Pink.

The Scrapcake: Sweet childhood.

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Gwen has mixed things up a little, and combined the soft pastels from Sweet childhood, with the bold aqua of Summer city.

‘Little Miss’ Layout by Gwen Wruck

MHC flowers used: Winters song, Hayley – yellow, Celeste – pink, Sublime – blue, Meadows – white.

The Scrapcake papers: Sweet childhood and Summer city.

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Another Summer city layout, from Alicia, she has chosen the pink tones from the collection, for her sweet, girly layout.

‘Her smile’ Layout by Alicia Barry

MHC Products used:  Gelato – oatmeal, Party mix – blossoms, Celeste – white, Whimsy – cream, Glitter mini roses, Country lane – pretty, Starlight, rose leaves.

The Scrapcake Summer city collection.

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And Karola’s delightful layout, features Sweet childhood, with a few touches of My private happiness.

You and me’ Layout by Karola Witczak

MHC flowers: Glitter roses, Capri, Powder puffs – strawberry mix.

The Scrapcake one moment in time, and My private happiness collections.

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And, yet another adorable layout featuring Sweet childhood, from Elena

‘Sweet’ Layout by Elena Olenevich

MHC Products used: Gelato – lemon, Imagine – burgundy, Mayglo – pink, Celeste – white.

The Scrapcake sweet childhood collection.

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See all the gorgeous Scrapcake collections HERE.

Life is wonderful – Karola Witczak

Hi, today, we have a wonderful layout from the incredibly talented Karola Witczak

Below, she explains her inspiration behind her beautiful layout.

Hello everyone, I am thrilled to share with you one of my latest pages, created using Manor House Creations flowers. Its no secret that I am extremely busy in my daily life, so i really love it when I am able to create something under the heading ‘free choice’. I can open my mind, go over all my memories, and ideas i have been wanting to try, and just create. This page is about me, and about loving life. I always say, that even when something bad is happening in life, that there is always hope, and there is always tomorrow. I like to always try to think positively. I believe it is better to take what we are given, than to fight those things that we have no control over.

Anyway, enough chatting, this is what I managed to create. I hope you like it.

I was inspired by the gorgeous Manor House Creations flower packaging, and love to recycle when I can,  so if you look closely, you can see that I have used the packaging as a mat for my photo, its a perfect match for my layout I think.

I covered the packaging with modelling paste, which I have also used to cover the background of my layout. I love the textured look of this technique.

I used some of the stunning new ‘spring’ flowers for my layout. I even covered some of them with glitter.

‘Life is wonderful’  By Karola Witczak

MHC Products used: Wild rose – green, Celeste – pink, Capri – aqua, Lotus – divine.

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A card overload – WIN

Goodmorning,  we hope you are enjoying our special ‘card week’ feature?. We have shown you some wonderful cards, from our talented designers, so far, and today is no exception, as Im sure you will agree.

 And, dont forget to get your cards in to us by midnight on Friday November 30th, 2012, for your chance to win this wonderful prize . Send your entries along to and we will showcase them here on our blog.

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Card-making flowers, of course! 6 packs each for 2 very creative card-makers.

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And, now for a litte more eye candy from our design team girls

Card by Karola Witzcak

MHC Products used: Starlight – gold.

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Card by Meninda Thompson

MHC Products used: Idyllic – Oatmeal, Mini Rose – White (misted mint green)

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Cards by Gwen Wruck

MHC Products used: Imagine – burgundy, Gratitude, Shimmers – mixed.

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Card by Joanne Bain

MHC Products used: Capri roses – pale blue.

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Card by Linda Langes

MHC Products used:  Red Ruffle,  Starlight –  White.

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Card by Tiffany Morgan

MHC Products used: Romance – sweetheart, Shimmers –  mixed.

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Card by Melinda Thompson

MHC Products used: Idyllic – Oatmeal, Mini Rose – White (misted mint green).

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WIN WIN WIN – a card competition!

Hello Hello! Can you believe its the beginning of November already?! Hmm, time to make some Christmas cards (if you haven’t already started).  So we are here to help. This month, we are having a competition…a CARD competition.  We want to see your fabulous and inspiring cards made with our very own MHC flowers.

This week our DT girls will have lots of card inspiration to get those creative juices flowing. Here are just a few, to get you started

Card by Erin Blegen

MHC products used: Ruffles – brights, Glitter mini roses – white and red, Capri – gold, Meadows – white.

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Card by Linda Langes

MHC Products used: Starlight – large red and small white, Capri roses – gold.

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Card by Karola Witczak

MHC products used: Capri – aqua, Starlight – mixed.

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Card-making flowers, of course! 6 packs each for 2 very creative card-makers.

So here’s the rules:

1.USE MHC flowers!

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Yep – that’s it! Just make sure you use our flowers.

The competition closes at midnight on Friday November 30th, 2012. Send your entries along to and we will showcase them here on our blog.


A flower fest

Hello, and welcome to our blog on this lovely Sunday morning.

Today, our talented designers have put together a wondeful display of layouts, featuring our gorgeous flowers, combined with The ScrapCake papers.

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Erin Blegen  has created this adorable layout, using the delightful new paper collection from The ScrapCake called ‘Sweet Childhood’, designed by or very own Karola Witczak.

Erin has sprayed the white ‘darling’ flowers a gorgeous orange to match her layout. Our paper flowers take colour amazingly well, and looking at them, once sprayed, you wouldnt even know they had been inked.

‘Happy Birthday’ Layout by Erin Blegen

MHC flowers used: Petite roses – soft pink, Romance – devoted, Darling, Solitude. The Scrap Cake papers: Sweet Childhood.

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Karola has created this adorable little frame, which holds a cute photo of her daughter.

Karola shares a little about her gorgeous frame. ‘I found a beautiful, small and inexpensive pink frame and decided to alter it a little bit. I began with one of The ScrapCake cards , and simply cut out the hole and put the photo of my Rose in the middle. I added a selection of stunning Manor House Creations flowers, and a fussy cut kite also from the paper collection, and created this cute, girly frame’.

‘Oh so cute’ Frame by Karola Witczak

MHC flowers used:  Wishes – Hope peach, Sublime – Cream, Apple Blossoms.

The Scrap Cake papers: Sweet Childhood.

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And, lastly, Gwen, has scrapped an equally adorable photo of her and her daughter.

Gwens layering is wonderful

‘Dream come true’ Layout by Gwen Wruck

MHC flowers: Beauty, Darling, Whimsy – Cream.

The Scrap Cake papers: Summer City.

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Thankyou for calling in today. We hope you are all having a wonderful weekend.

Focus on green – NEW FLOWERS!


Hello , and a big welcome to our blog.

It is spring here in Australia, and the birds are singing, and the flowers have just started to open up after a long, and cold winter. The thing I love most though about spring is all the greenery. Everything is growing so fast, and the grass, and the leaves on the trees are just starting to grow again after the winter, and everything is a wonderful shade of green. Today, we want to share with you some wonderful spring inspired layouts, featuring, yes, you guessed it, green! Green flowers can add such a fresh, prettiness to a page, just take a look at these.

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Alicia has created this oh so pretty layout, teaming green, aqua and pink together, to create this lovely layout of her daughter.

‘Little wrinkle nose’ By Alicia Barry

MHC Products used: Mia – white, Wild Rose – green, Celeste – pink, Solitude – white, Mayglo – green.

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Karola has also chosen to go with a green, pink and aqua colour scheme to create this stunning layout.

Karola tells us what inspired her to create this layout ‘ When I found this photo of Rose, taken when she was sitting on the grass just  enjoying nature I decided to create the colourful, but delicate layout with green flowers as a main feature. I placed the flowers close to the photo, to imitate a flowery meadow’

‘Nature’ By Karola Witczak

MHC flowers used: Poetry – sage.

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The green’s in Erin’s stunning page add a wonderful cool fresh ‘outdoorsy’ feel to her layout.

‘So gorgeous’ Layout by Erin Blegen

MHC products used: Poetry – sage, Mia – green, Iris – green, Sublime – cream, Gratitude, Leaves – Lime green.

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All these layouts feature some of our brand new green flowers and some other colours as well. We hope you love them – they will be hitting the stores very soon!!!

Designer Inspiration featuring The Scrap Cake

Good afternoon friends.

We have some more wonderful creations from our talented designers, featuring a wonderful blend of Manor House Creations, and The Scrap Cake papers to show you today.

Yuka Hino is first up, and she has made this totally adorable card, featuring the  ‘Sweet Childhood’ paper collection, designed by our very own Karola Witczak. There are so many cute little images on these papers, that are just crying out to be fussy cut.

Card ‘My dear’ by Yuka Hino

Products used: MHC flowers,  Idyllic – White, Poetry – sage, Kyeesha, Leaves – light green medium and large, TSC, Sweet childhood paper collection.

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Alicia Barry has also used the ‘Sweet childhood’ papers for her layout. She has focused on the pink tones in the collection.

Layout ‘Simple things matter most’ by Alicia Barry

Products used: MHC flowers, Apple blossoms, Solitude, Rosettes-baby pink, Whimsy-pink, Imagine-oatmeal, Beauty-WV, Idyllic-oatmeal, leaves, The Scrapcake papers: Sweet Childhood.

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And, lastly, Karola has created a stunning layout, featuring her adorable daughter. Karola has used another stunning paper collection, also designed by her, called ‘The bright side of life’. Just look at how perfectly the Manor House Creations flowers match the colours in these papers.

‘Be happy’ Layout by Karola Witczak

Products used: MHC flowers, Enchanted-Sweet Dreams, Fairy floss-blue, TSC The Bright side of life papers.

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